Europe’s leading climate cities (Copenhagen, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Paris, Tallinn, Stavanger) are starting the AI4CITIES pre-commercial procurement project. Their aim is to procure together the development of breakthrough AI solutions that can accelerate the Cities’ transition to carbon neutrality. This is done in cooperation with a wider group of peers (Barcelona, Budapest, Egaleo, Lamia, Istanbul, Milan, Porto, Eurocities, Open and agile cities). The focus is on AI solutions for smart mobility and energy, as these two areas represent 24% resp. 58% of GHG emissions in cities.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has opened a call for proposals within its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism, targeting the development of close-to-market GNSS receivers and associated technologies (‘filling the gaps technologies’) not developed by other FE projects; and/or cutting-edge GNSS receiver technologies (‘emerging technologies’) that are at the forefront of current R&D and may or may not have immediate adoption in market-ready products.
The European Council will meet in Brussels on 12 and 13 December. EU leaders are expected to finalise their guidance on the EU’s long-term strategy on climate change. They will also discuss the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) based on a proposal prepared by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Agenda, presentations and background documents are now available.
The meeting discussed EU Digital Competitiveness and Technological Sovereignty and Green Deal and green digital transformation.
An EU-funded project has enabled companies to offer cybersecurity as a low-cost subscription service, boosting protection from hackers by using artificial intelligence. This could help consumers better safeguard personal data such as passwords and bank details.
French Diabeloop, has raised €31 million Series B funds for its autonomous diabetes management solutions. The company received funding from the European Innovation Council pilot in 2018 and has reached the biggest Series B round raised by a European company developing therapies that use artificial intelligence. In October 2019, the company also received an InnovEIT prize from EIT Health.
Eindhoven – Bright Cape and imec the Netherlands are hiring EIT Digital industrial doctorate students to implement deep tech solutions based on new academic research. The students are working on their theses with a research assignment from the companies, under the academic supervision of the Technical University Twente and Eindhoven respectively. At the same time these students receive training in innovation and entrepreneurship from the EIT Digital Academy.
VRgineers, the first Czech Republic company, entered the EIT Digital Accelerator, the European support programme for deep-tech scale-ups.
In 2017, Sør-Trøndelag County Council realised that it had to do something to lower the emissions of the public ferry services. Otherwise, the County would not be able to achieve its own climate goals. Six speedboats emit the same as 1000 busses. Therefore Trøndelag conducted together with 10 other Norwegian Counties in 2018-2019 a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to challenge industry to develop emission free high speed ferry boats. Five consortia delivered on the challenge and the Counties are now getting to procure the new emission free boat services.
The winners of the European Broadband Awards 2019 were announced at the special Award Ceremony in Brussels. The Director General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology announced 5 project winners in the different categories focusing on innovative models of financing, cost reduction, socio-economic impact, demand generation and quality of services. The selected projects presented innovative cooperative approaches and solutions for broadband deployment in Europe.